Legendary Manga Artists

Proper Noun Trivia

*This series explains the meanings of proper names, including names of places, companies, people, brands and others.
Name 長谷川 町子
Romaji
Hiragana
HASEGAWA Machiko
はせがわ まちこ
Kanji meaning long / valley / river / town / child
In 1946 she created the comic strip series, “Sazae-san,” which depicted the daily lives of a housewife and her family. It was adapted into a newspaper comic strip, a radio drama, and an animated TV series. The anime is still running even now. She received the People’s Honor Award. 1920-1992

 

Name 手塚 治虫
Romaji
Hiragana
TEZUKA Osamu
てづか おさむ
Kanji meaning hand / mound / governing / insect
Dubbed the “god of manga,” TEZUKA is best known for “Astro Boy,” “Jungle Emperor Leo,” and “Black Jack.” Both children and adults find his works to be not only amusing, but also deeply moving. A common thread running through his work is “the value of life.” 1928-1989

 

Name 藤子 F. 不二雄
Romaji
Hiragana
FUJIKO F. Fujio
ふじこ F. ふじお
Kanji meaning wisteria / child / non- / second / man
FUJIKO F. Fujio is best known for creating the popular and long-running series “Doraemon,” whose main character is a Japanese cultural icon. FUJIKO Fujio is the pen name of a duo formed by two Japanese manga artists. The other artist’s name is FUJIKO Fujio A. They won many awards. 1933-1996

 

Name 赤塚 不二夫
Romaji
Hiragana
AKATSUKA Fujio
あかつか ふじお
Kanji meaning red / mound / non- / second / man (husband)
Known as the ‘king of manga gags,’ He was a pioneering artist of humorous manga. His most famous works are “Osomatsu-kun” and “Tensai Bakabon.” Many of his manga focused on supporting characters, and as a result, they became more closely identified with his works. 1935-2008

 

Name 梶原 一騎
Romaji
Hiragana
KAJIWARA Ikki
かじわら いっき
Kanji meaning rudder / field / one / riding on horses
KAJIWARA is a manga writer and film producer famous for exploring themes related to sports through images of heroic young men. Titles he’s worked on include: “Tomorrow’s Joe” (about boxing), “Kyojin no Hoshi” (baseball) and “Tiger Mask” (wrestling). 1936-1987

 

Name 石ノ森 章太郎
Romaji
Hiragana
ISHINOMORI Shotaro
いしのもり しょうたろう
Kanji meaning stone / of / forest / chapter / thick / son
He created “Cyborg 009” in 1963, but his most well-known creation is “Kamen (Masked) Rider,” which was adapted into a TV series, leading to the birth of the “transforming” (henshin) superhero. It is said that he produced over 120,000 pages of artwork in forty five years. 1938-1998

[From Hiragana Times article]

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